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Suu Kyi promises Myanmar rights as she runs for parliament

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Suu Kyi promises Myanmar rights as she runs for parliament


On her first political outing since announcing she will run for parliament, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for changes to the 2008 military-drafted constitution.

Suu Kyi, who heads up the National League for Democracy (NLD) was greeted by jubilant crowds on what is only her fourth trip outside since her house arrest ended over a year ago.

“To get the country to be as we want it and to get good governance for the people, we will abolish unnecessary factors. Then people can live and work together peacefully. We want to give people rights and this is what we will try to do,” Suu Kyi told her supporters.

Suu Kyi was touring the rural coastal region of Dawei, 615 kilometres south of her home city of Yangon. Her reception from the people demonstrates the popularity of the Nobel Prize winner known for her pro-democracy stance.

Forty-eight seats in the lower house of parliament will be available during a by-election in April.

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